[video] Making Sense of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as complicated as it is controversial. This summer I gave a talk that unpacks the conflict and makes it more intelligible. In the talk, which is now online, I explore how intellectuals conceptualize and debate the issue, and spotlight the distinctive value of an Objectivist perspective on it. The talk is a kind of preview of certain points in my upcoming book, “What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Watch it now.

How Books Propel a Philosophic Movement

What does it take to propel Objectivism as a philosophic movement? It’s essential to articulate the meaning of Objectivism and to exhibit its value in concrete form, by reference to the events, trends and developments of the times.

To that end, books are crucial. I took part in this panel with three of my colleagues from the Ayn Rand Institute. We discussed ARI’s strategy and the thinking behind it, and we took questions on our current book projects. Recorded July 6, 2016.

Understanding The Jihadist Movement [video]

In Paris and Copenhagen, jihadists have gone on killing sprees. In the Middle East, the Islamic State rampages. Years after bin Laden’s death, the Al Qaeda network lives on. Iran’s jihadist regime seeks to go nuclear. The jihadist menace persists. What animates it? What impact has the “war on terror” had on jihadists? In this talk, delivered at the Objectivist Summer Conference 2015, Ayn Rand Institute director of policy research Elan Journo addresses these important questions.